A "DWTS" cast leak for season 19 has fans of the reality series buzzing about the upcoming season on the Internet. ABC planned a big reveal for this season's cast for "Good Morning America" on Thursday morning, but the full cast leaked online on Tuesday. Some of the celebrities included on the new season of "Dancing with the Stars" had been rumored already, and this new cast leak confirmed those rumors. The Christian Post shared the latest cast leak on Sept. 2.
"Dancing with the Stars" is getting ready for some big changes this season. Not only will they have a new cast of celebrities competing for the mirror ball trophy by showing off their skills on the dance floor, but also this season has a four-judge panel. Julianne Hough is returning to the series for season 19, but she will not be on the dance floor. She is joining Bruno Tonioli, Len Goodman, and Carrie Ann Inaba on the panel of judges this season. This has caused some buzz on the Internet, and not everyone is happy about the addition to the judging panel.
Karina Smirnoff spoke out about Julianne's appointment to the judging panel. Julianne's brother, Derek Hough, is dancing again this year, and Smirnoff wondered about the ethics behind Julianne's judging her own brother. She said the following, according to Us Weekly:
"I think she is a great girl, I've known her for many years. I think that she is wonderful, gorgeous, and talented, but I don't know if it's ethical that she is judging while her brother is competing."
Derek did not seem to be bothered by his sister's addition to the judging panel. Julianne revealed to People Magazine that he texted to congratulate her on the new gig as soon as he heard it was official. She also revealed that he is not nervous at all about being judged by his younger sister this season. It is "all in good fun."
Derek is dancing this season, and the new "Dancing with the Stars" cast leak revealed that he would be partnered with Bethany Mota. Her claim to fame is as a YouTube star. The rest of this season's cast and their partners are as follows:
Olympian Lolo Jones; partnered with Keo Motsepe, Tommy Chong of Cheech and Chong; partnered with Peta Murgatroyd, "Duck Dynasty" star Sadie Robertson; partnered with Mark Ballas, actor Antonio Sabato Jr.; partnered with Cheryl Burke, actor Jonathan Bennett; partnered with Allison Holker, MMA Champion Randy Couture; partnered with Karina Smirnoff, "Pretty Little Liars" star Janel Parrish; partnered with Val Chmerkoskiy, "Fresh prince of Bel-Air" star Alfonso Ribiero; partnered with Witney Carson, designer Betsey Johnson; partnered with Tony Dovolani, race car driver Michael Waltrip; partnered with Emma Slater, Tavis Smiley ; partnered with Sharna Burgess, and actress Lea Thompson; partnered with Artem Chigvintsev.
This cast list does reveal the partnerships for the three new professional dancers joining this season. Allison Holker first received national attention for her dancing skills when she appeared on season two of "So You Think You Can Dance" on Fox. She is now joining "Dancing with the Stars" for this new season. The other new arrivals to the group of professionals are Artem Chiqvintsev and Keoikantse Motsepe.
Maksim Chmerkovskiy is not anywhere on the cast list, and he is not on the judging panel. He announced that he would no longer dance on the reality series, and there had been rumors he would join the judging panel this season. That did not happen. The slot went to Julianne Hough, but it is always possible that fans could see Maksim involved with the series again in the future. He has left the show before.
This season's cast is definitely a mix. It covers from the very young with the inclusion of Sadie Robertson to the elderly with the inclusion of Tommy Chong and Betsey Johnson. This season should be something to watch. With a new judge on the panel, new professional dancers, and an entirely new cast of celebrities, this reality series is shaking things up for season 19. The new season will premiere on Sept. 15 on ABC. Tune in to "Good Morning America" tomorrow morning for the official cast announcement.